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Could the Third Amendment be used to fight the surveillance state?

California lawmaker proposes an unusual legal theory, but law profs are skeptical.<p>The Third Amendment to the United States Constitution is just 32 …

This Device Reads Your Mind Through Your Veins

And it's the size of a matchstick<p>In recent years, scientists have been developing new and creative ways to put electronics in the brain. These devices are useful for paralyzed patients to control prosthetic limbs with their minds, to help locked-in patients communicate with the outside world, or to …

Facebook Reportedly Built a Censorship Tool for China

Facebook is building a censorship tool so that the company can return to the Chinese market in a move that has angered employees and caused some to …

Is That Possible to Treat Drug Addiction With Erasing the Memory of The Patient?

It may have only been tested in mice so far, but researchers have found a new way of treating the meth-addicted animals by simply erasing all their …

Involuntary consent: You might be the subject of a medical experiment and not even know it

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body—for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live, and whom you marry. Medical experimentation is supposed to be following the same historical trend—increasing rights of autonomy for those whose …

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Memories could be erased to cure soldiers of PTSD, say scientists

Soldiers could be cured of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by erasing the individual memories of disturbing events, scientists believe.<p>Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered that specific memories are encoded in just a few cells of the brain, and are hopeful they will be …

MIT’s new robot reads your thoughts and knows when it made a mistake

Computers are exceedingly powerful machines, capable of instantly completing a litany of tasks that would take humans infinitely longer to carry out. But as useful as they may be, computers are often infuriatingly unable to understand us. If you don’t carry out every function—even the most …

How a spam superpower built a list of 1.4 billion emails - and leaked it for all to see

Every time you sign up for a service or website, do you take the time to read through the small print? Probably not. Hardly anyone does, simply because legal documents are boring, and most people aren’t lawyers with the requisite skillset to actually interpret them correctly.<p>But this has been our …

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda

In honor of MisinfoCon this weekend, it’s time for a brain dump on propaganda — that is, getting large numbers of people to believe something for …

Privacy experts worry over Homeland Security's possible move to collect travelers' passwords

As the United States struggles with the international response of the new immigration ban, the Department of Homeland Security has created some more …

Amazon's Door Lock API makes Alexa commands even easier

Amazon today simplified smart locks for Alexa, by adding a Door Lock API to its Alexa Skills Kit. This API, or application program interface, is designed to improve voice commands for lock partners Schlage, Yale, Kwikset, August, Vivint and Z-Wave.<p>With custom, developer-made Alexa Skills, commands …

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